Pipe Bursts at Retirement Community

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire fighters headed to a Medford retirement community Monday evening after the main water pipe at the Veranda Park Retirement Community burst, flooding the first floor. Officials said a significant amount of water came out before crews could shut it off. The burst happened in the ceiling of the living room and … Continue reading »

Medford Fire Adapts to the Cold

MEDFORD, Ore. – Fire departments are fighting the cold in order to prevent response time from suffering. Medford Fire Battalion Chief Brian Fish says they’re having trouble quickly responding to many of the accidents and medical calls in the area. The department placed chains on a number of their engines and assigned two extra brush … Continue reading »

2nd Alarm Fire Started by Wood Stove

MEDFORD, Ore. — Flames from a Medford home greeted Rob Neff as he came home with his son’s from practice Wednesday evening. “I turned on to Valley View, I noticed the flames were really big, called 911, said there was a fire at Valley View and Mathews Place,” said Neff. It was his neighbors home … Continue reading »

Kids Learn Fire Prevention at Demo

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Fire kicked off fire prevention week with an open house event at fire station four near Table Rock Road. The event  featured a number of kid-friendly activities like an obstacle course, a fire extinguisher demo and a live fire demo. Samantha Metheny, a fire inspector with the department, says roughly a … Continue reading »

Two Men Recognized for Saving Life

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two Southern Oregon residents who saw a man collapse and ended up saving his life were awarded certificates. Medford Fire-Rescue recognized John Bowling and Tyler Sparks. About a month ago, the two men saw Greg Johnson collapse on South Stage Road. The two performed CPR on Johnson and gave him proper medical attention … Continue reading »

City Firefighters Staying Local

MEDFORD, Ore. — City firefighters are staying close to their stations for now. Right now, Medford’s Fire District 3 only has one crew member out on the Douglas Complex. Local crews usually stay in town until the governor declares a fire “conflagration” for their county. This grants special permission to utilize other crews and resources in … Continue reading »

Firefighters Deal With Heavy Workload

MEDFORD, Ore. — So far this year, fire crews have responded to 159 fires.  The Oregon Department of Forestry said, normally for the entire season, the number of fires average around 109. Fire crews at the Oregon Department of Forestry, and area firefighters have been working lots of overtime. Medford Fire and Rescue Station 3 … Continue reading »

Fires Keep Rogue Valley Crews Busy

MEDFORD, Ore. – Firefighters say as temperatures heat up, it’s combining with wind to help dry out fire fuels, and allow fires to burn faster. Fire crews across Southern Oregon responded to several grass fires and house fires in just the past day. Monday afternoon, Medford firefighters responded to Clark and Cedar Streets around 2 … Continue reading »

Parents Encouraged to Teach Fire Danger

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford fire officials say fires started by juveniles are common in the summer. The boy who started a fire in Jacksonville Tuesday is not facing charges, but Medford fire says keeping your kids educated about fire danger is important. The fire in the Jacksonville skate park burned one-hundredth of an acre Tuesday. … Continue reading »

Crews Battle Four-Hour House Fire

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford fire crews battled a structure fire early Saturday morning that lasted for over four hours. Just before 2:00am, fire crews responded to the 2400 block of Pembroke Circle for a fire inside a home. Medford Fire sent four engines and a supplemental rig, about 15 firefighters in total. No one was … Continue reading »

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